Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this brilliantly daring novel is shocking and delightful. Christina Moore's vibrant narration conspires with Katherine Dunn's evocative, energetic prose to shock us at seeing something of ourselves in these exotic characters.
©1998 Katherine Dunn; (P)1999 Recorded Books
From start to finish, this story is incredibly dynamic! You become so enthralled with the family and their interactions, you become less concerned with the extraordinary nature of their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and very much look forward to the movie!
As disturbing as this book was I loved (some of ) the characters. The book is so well written and I would highly recommend it.
I have loved this book for years-- the plot, the linguistic gymnastics, the bizarre characters-- but this reader takes it to another level. I love her as the voice of Olympia, which is not easy as she is supposed to be a narrator herself. She also captures the rhythm of carnival life in a way that makes me believe this story was meant to be read.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an oddly touching story about love and family. The characters are unique and beautifully flawed and although there are times the story is shocking and grand, it never stops feeling intimate.
This book is like nothing I've ever read or could have ever imagined. It was a strange, twisted, bizarre testament of love. And I liked it!
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Great, I mean gritty great, psychologically disturbing,but mind blowingly great character development... the twisted psyche of the family members is absolutely enamoring.
Too many, one would have to be Mungo's demise and Ms Lick's last foot bath.
Made me think, cringe, laugh, wonder, contemplate and cry.
Highly recommended to those out there who appreciate the dark side of human psyche, those who can appreciate twisted beauty outside the mainstream and those of you who enjoy a true story that will leave you wanting more.
Weirdly charming bool
Yes, I would be willing to try another. She did a good job of getting the reader/listener to relate to characters that were way out there.
I have not, so I can't compare. But I thought she was a great narrator.
Ollie. The main character. You got to know her best and could see everything from her point of view.
This book was not what I expected. I was expecting more of a love story and a kind of a twisted sort of fairytale. I guess in a way it was that. It was an interesting story for sure.
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